As we enter spring of 2022, many of you have asked for referrals of where to go for a wellness retreat. It has been two years since the pandemic wreaked havoc on the travel industry and many businesses are still recovering and restructuring. New Life Hiking Spa does not currently have retreats planned for 2022. There have been many changes as a result of the pandemic, including the sale and renovation of our host hotel.
In the meantime, we have created Wellness 50 Plus to keep in touch with our valued guests, many of whom have been joining us for summer vacation since the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. Wellness 50 Plus is meant to cater to the “over 50 crowd”, an age demographic many of New Life’s guests find themselves. The wellness retreat industry has been a changing landscape, and we would like to provide a list with links from the “10 Best” Wellness Retreats in USA Today from 2021. The source for the information below comes directly from the website run by USA Today and the retreats are listed in the order selected in the “10 Best” Rankings. New Life Hiking Spa is listed as #6 and we are not currently open, but we encourage you to contact the others, especially those in spots 1-5.
If you are not able to go on a retreat but need a little help in the wellness department, scroll to the bottom to see how we can help.
#1 Eupepsia – Bland, Va.
This 250-acre wellness sanctuary in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley seeks to help guests reconnect with themselves through the philosophy of Ayurveda. Guests enjoy vegetarian farm-to-table meals, health screenings, and a range of therapies tailored to each individual. More information can be found at https://eupepsia.com/
#2 Hilton Head Health – Hilton Head, S.C.
Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the leading health and weight loss resort. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island South Carolina, H3’s comprehensive programs provide a holistic weight loss approach that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, and mindfulness education. Guests enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining at True Dining and can unwind between activities at The Indigo Spa. The newly released Hilton Head Health ONDEMAND allows guests and those who cannot make it to the resort a chance to experience their programs at home on their own schedule.
More information can be found at https://www.hhhealth.com/
#3 Skyterra Wellness Retreat – Pisgah Forest, N.C.
Guests at Skyterra are encouraged to set aside the worries of day-to-day life and focus on health and wellbeing. Classes are small, giving each participant personalized attention, and all fitness levels are welcome. The resort hosts just more than 30 guests at a time to promote a sense of intimacy, exclusivity, and a more individualized experience.
More information can be found at https://skyterrawellness.com/
#4 The Art of Living Retreat Center – Boone, N.C.
Tucked high among the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic detox retreat programs for wellness-minded visitors. Fire circles, community singing, hiking, and pottery classes are also offered.
More information can be found at https://artoflivingretreatcenter.org/
#5 The Ranch Malibu – Malibu, Calif.
The Ranch Malibu, an intensive one-week luxury boot camp, eliminates “decision fatigue” with a no-option daily fitness routine featuring group hiking, yoga, weight training, and ab work, all amid spectacular hills above the Pacific Ocean. Healthy meals prepared with fresh, organic ingredients exclude processed sugars, alcohol, and caffeine. More information can be found at https://theranchmalibu.com/
#6 New Life Hiking Spa – Killington, Vt.
New Life Hiking Spa is one of the oldest and best destination spa programs in the country, welcoming some 800 guests each season. Eleven-night weight loss retreats cater to 40 people at a time and include hiking programs for beginners through advanced fitness levels. Yoga, outdoor workouts, and a healthy eating program round out the resort’s holistic approach to health and wellness. CURRENTLY CLOSED. Updates can be found at www.newlifehikingspa.com
#7 The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Penn.
The Lodge at Woodloch, an all-inclusive, adults-only spa resort in the heart of the Pennsylvania Poconos, invites guests to step away from the whirlwind of life to refocus. Guests enjoy a full-service spa and a wide range of classes and activities – everything from meditation, yoga or spinning to painting, cooking, or wine tasting. More information can be found at https://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com/
#8 Mii Amo – Sedona, Ariz.
With a location nestled in Boynton Canyon in Sedona’s fabled Red Rock Vortex land, it’s no surprise there is a special energy at Mii Amo, a resort and destination spa offering individual treatments, and 3, 4 and 7-day themed journeys. The Native American offerings are what makes this spa special, earning it a host of spa industry awards. More information can be found at https://www.miiamo.com/
# 9 CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa – Carefree, Ariz.
CIVANA, set in the Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale, occupies 20 acres of land where guests have access to more than 10 wellness experts, complimentary daily programing, five fitness, and movement studios, and a carbon-neutral spa with 22 treatment rooms. Activities include everything from hiking to aerial yoga to TRX training. More information can be found at https://civanacarefree.com/
#10 Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort – Lanai, Hawaii
Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort is referred to as “a secluded oceanfront retreat on Hawaii’s last unspoiled island” and offers its guests opportunities to practice yoga, tai chi, meditation, and flexibility classes both in the resort’s fully equipped Yoga Studio plus in other environments such as the beach and Luau Grounds. Guests may also choose a Zen Sports experience with golf or tennis customized for their individual levels and interests. More information can be found at https://sensei.com/retreats/lanai/resort/
Additional resources for wellness retreats can be found at https://www.wellnesstourismassociation.org/members-directory/.
If you are not ready for a vacation just yet, due to time or financial reasons, but need to make fine-tuning in areas that focus on health in your life, please contact New Life Wellness Consulting. Jimmy LeSage, the founder of New Life Hiking Spa, provides online and telephone wellness consultations. He offers sessions on a sliding pay scale due to so many of our guests’ changing financial situations due to the pandemic and retirement. Don’t hesitate to call if you need help. You can call Jimmy at 802-353-2954.
Source: Editors, USA TODAY 10Best. “Best Wellness Retreat Winners (2021): USA Today 10BEST.” 10Best, USA TODAY 10Best, 27 Aug. 2021, https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wellness-retreat/.